Examples of Good Running Form
As a follow-up to last week's analysis of Carl Lewis' technique, I am posting clips of Jesse Owens, Bob Beaman, and Michael Johnson as examples of good running form. Pay especially close attention to the way Jesse Owens starts his run, by leaning, and never straightening his knees. BobBeaman is an example of good form with a high range of motion; a lot of it has to do with build. If you witness closely, he pulls his hind foot on time, and is in Pose position almost as soon as he lands on support. This is a snippet of BobBeaman 's record setting long jump. The final clip is one of Michael Johnson setting a world record in the 200 meters. Michael Johnson is an extraordinary example of incredibly fluid technique. If you want to witness someone run smoothly, this is the clip. This is one of, if not the best clip of Michael Johnson's technique. Take notice how the other runnersstruggle by "forcing" their support foot down because they raise their knees with the hip flexors too early. This is the same thing Carl Lewis did incorrectly. Another point to take notice of, is the braking motion the other runners experience. If you pay attention to every stride you will see that the runners sway back and forth,continuously loosing ground on Johnson. Conversely, Johnson in his familiar "upright" style is really just leaning with the same degree each step, never swaying back and forth. This makes him much more efficient as well as, well, much much faster as you can tell by the gap. In acaparison of Michael Johnson to the other runners you can easily see that he does not artificially apply any extraneous muscle efforts. He simply "flows." On a closing note, please keep in mind that technique is not always perfect throughout a run. Each step can be different. If you start to experience pain, you are doing something wrong. If you don't have any serious injuries you are recovering from, I would recommend that you run through your pain simply making small alterations as you run. The most common pain is caused from tense muscles, try to relax, most of the time that solves all the issues. Have a great run!